Exhibit by Bertie Marshall on Upset The Rhythm Records (the album artwork is a black and white photograph of Bertie Marshall from behind, looking at a white sculpture of a horse's head next to a stone wall; there is no text or other information on the front of the album cover).

Bertie Marshall - Exhibit


  • £17.99

Bertie Marshall is an acclaimed writer and performer, most well known for his memoir Berlin Bromley (2006) about his transformation from Bertie, an anxious, androgynous, depressed teenager, into Berlin, a teenager who would reject suburban values and become a founding member of punk’s ‘Bromley Contingent’, alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin and Billy Idol. 

Exhibit collects together for the first time Marshall's songs and spoken word tracks from this fertile period of the 80's-90's. 

From 1980-83, Bertie was the frontman for post-punk boundary-pushers Behaviour Red - they released one single (favourably played by John Peel), did a mini-tour and broke up. At various times Behaviour Red featured Noel Blanden of Normil Hawaiians and fine artist Nicola Tyson. Their sound was characterised by looseness and freedom, boasting at times tribal drumming, streams of vocals, dazed guitars and feedback. Bertie continued sketching out atmospheric compositions afterwards too, walking a tightrope between bewildered pop and gothic folk. Central to everything is Bertie’s commanding voice; heartfelt, impassioned and masterfully leading you through the story. 

Bertie became interested in spoken word and performance poetry in the 90's, which then led him into writing and performing in his own plays and devised theatre pieces. He did regular readings and performances in NYC and began writing books inspired by the visceral talents of Kathy Acker and William S. Burroughs. Having lived in Berlin, San Francisco, and Brittany, Bertie now lives in London. 


  1. Ke ke ke ke ke ya 
  2. Talk to Tapestries 
  3.  The World is Round 
  4. The Old Man Carrying a Black Bag is in Their Garden 
  5. Chihuahua Talking Dog 
  6. St Mar 
  7. Meshes over Morning 
  8. Offerings 
  9. Sang Sang 
  10. Shaking Johnny 
  11. The Tattoo Breathes 
  12. Little Red Sports Car 
  13. Commit to Fire 
  14. Authoress 


  • LP pressed on 180g vinyl and housed in reverse-board jacket 
  • CD housed in gatefold jacket with 6mm spine 




see also: 
Normil Hawaiians - Dark World   LP | CD 


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